5 days on Flow Vélo from Angoulême to île d'Aix

from 650 € / pers.

Reference : FLV1
5 days / 4 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Linear trip
From March to September
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling trip on the Flow Vélo:

It’s hard to resist the charm of the Charentaise countryside!

From Angoulême, Capital of Comics, you ride along the Charente river and let yourself be guided by the murmur of the water and the charm of the Charentais countryside. Between small charming villages and Charente vineyards, discover towns with a rich built or gastronomic heritage. The liquor of Cognac, the vestiges of Antiquity in Saintes, the Corderie Royale de Rochefort are all unmissable.

Day 1 : Arrival in Angoulême


Less than 2 hours from Paris by TGV, Angoulême, capital of the Comics is the ideal starting point for Flow Vélo. Take advantage of your visit to discover the heart of the city and the banks of the Charente. Do not miss the walk of painted walls.

Day 2 : Angoulême – Cognac | 62 km


First step along the river, the course alternates between right bank and left bank of the Charente. At Trois Pâlis, a gourmet stop is required at the “Letuffe Chocolaterie”, the most famous Chocolate factory in Charente. After Châteauneuf-sur-Charente and its charming old streets comes Jarnac, the birthplace of François Mitterrand, a French President. It is worth a visit, especially the historic houses and the Orangerie quay. The route then takes you through the Charente vineyards to the historic town of Cognac, known worldwide for its liquors. The old center and the houses are characteristic. Why not a tasting or a visit to the cellars or the distillery?

Day 3 : Cognac – Saintes | 38 km


By small and quiet roads or good paths, the route is always close to the river. The Port du Lys, in Salignac-sur-Charente, is a restful stopover on the banks of the Charente. You are now in Charentes-Maritimes! You continue through the countryside, with small villages and a typical charm. You end your stage in Saintes, a “Art and History Town” located on the road to St Jacques de Compostela. Its architectural heritage is rich, iespecially the Abbaye aux Dames and the Gallo- Roman remains.

Day 4 : Saintes – Rochefort | 58 km


A stage without relief leads you first to the small village of Port d´Envaux, with its typical charm. An unusual detour? just 1 km from the route is “Les Lapidiales”, a unique open-air art space. Back on the official route, the Château de Panloy built under Louis XV on the banks of the Charente is open to visitors. One last crossing of the Charente and you arrive at Rochefort by the banks of the river to discover the site of the old maritime arsenal.

Day 5 : Excursion to île d’Aix | 50 km


You follow the Charente to its estuary to arrive at Fouras, a small seaside resort that invites you to take a walk. After the south beach, you pass at the foot of Fort Vauban: take the opportunity to go up there and contemplate the view of the ocean and the islands of Madame, Aix and Oléron.

Continue along the beach before reaching Pointe de la Fumée, facing the island of Aix, and embarking on an island adventure! In this small territory, the bicycle is king. The Ile d’Aix, with its typical houses offers breathtaking views of the estuary and Fort Boyard. Go back to Rochefort by bike paths.
Departure at the end of the day.

Possibility to book an extra night in Rochefort.

Select your category

standard category
Reference: FLV1 STD
superior category
Reference: FLV1 SUP
Low season
  • from March 1st to June 30th
    from September 1st to 26th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
650 € / pers.
190 € / pers.*
820 € / pers.
270 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
670 € / pers.
190 € / pers.*
840 € / pers.
270 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 4 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Boat transfer Fourras > Aix Island (both ways – bikes included)
• Equipped cycle rental for 4 days with helmet
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps and tourist brochures
• GPX files
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (4 nights included)
• Transfer from Rochefort to Angoulême and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 4 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Boat transfer Fourras > Aix Island (both ways – bikes included)
• Equipped cycle rental for 4 days with helmet
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps and tourist brochures
• GPX files
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (4 nights included)
• Transfer from Rochefort to Angoulême and personal bike repatriation

Children discount :from 0 to 2 years old : free
from 3 to 11 years old : - 50%
from 12 to 17 years old : - 20%

(Only if the triple or quadruple rooms are occupied by 2 adults minimum )

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: FLV1 STD
superior category
Reference: FLV1 SUP
Half board supplement

(including 4 dinners – excluding drinks)

+ 160 € / pers.
+ 180 € / pers.
Extra night in Angoulême
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 100 € / pers.
+ 85 € / pers.*
Extra night in Rochefort
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 40 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 90 € / pers.
+ 65 € / pers.*
Children discount :
from 0 to 2 years old : free / from 3 to 11 years old : - 50% / from 12 to 17 years old : - 20%
(Only if the triple or quadruple rooms are occupied by 2 adults minimum )

Extras

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-55 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 80 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 105 € / pers.

Your accommodation


standard category


These hotels offer all the comfort and well-earned rest after a cycling day (private bathroom). A perfect place to enjoy all the centres of interest around.
superior category


These hotels provide charming services on high quality as well as a great location.
Pictures for indicative purposes. Depending on the availability.

Your cycle hire

ARCADE hybrid bike - 21 speed gears

Man or Lady frame

  • 1 rear pannier
  • 1 handlebar bag
  • 1 bottle holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 counter
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 helmet
Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :

EXS e-bike- 9 speed gears

E-bike

Universal frame

  • 1 rear pannier
  • 1 handlebar bag
  • 1 bottle holder
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
  • 1 counter
  • 1 helmet

Practical details

  • Bikes will be delivered at the 1st hotel.
  • At the end of the tour, leave the rental bikes at your hotel, we will pick them up.
> Your journey :
> How to arrive in Angoulême:
> Return

Your journey :

Tour description:

Exclusively cycling paths or signposted routes for cyclists.

GPX files:

Besides the maps, we also provide the GPX files of your bike stages, as well as a suggestion of free mobile application (if you do not have a bike touring GPS).

How to arrive in Angoulême:

By train:
Paris Montparnasse train station >> Angoulême train station (2h20 by TGV train).

For more information, do not hesitate to visit : www.sncf.com/en

By plane:

  • From Roissy CDG airport:
    – Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station >> Angoulême train station (3h by TGV train).

– RER B >> Paris centre – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau >> Metro line 4 Porte de Clignancourt stop >> Paris Montparnasse train station >> Angoulême train station
www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/public-transport
www.transilien.com/en
www.ratp.fr/en/plans-lignes

  • From Orly airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Montparnasse train station >> Angoulême train station.

– Bus shuttle (Orly Bus) : from Orly Sud or Ouest> > Line 1>> Paris Montparnasse train station >> Angoulême train station.

http://aeroportorly.paris/orlybus.php

  • From Beauvais airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Montparnasse train station >> Angoulême train station (by TGV train).

– Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> >> Metro line 1 + line 13 >> Paris Montparnasse train station >> Angoulême train station (by TGV train).

www.aeroportparisbeauvais.com/en/acces-et-transports/navettes/

  • From Bordeaux-Mérignac airport:
    -– Shuttle transfer (30 minutes) to the downtown : Bordeaux St Jean train station >> Angoulême train station (0h30 by TGV train).
    www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr
    www.30direct.com/

Return

If you have to come back to the start point:

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France: please contact us!
  • A return transfer by train is possible and organised on your own. Please visit: www.sncf.com/en
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage (and your potential own bike)
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility.)
    – Rochefort Station >>  Saintes station >> Angoulême station ( 2h40 by train)

If you have to return to Paris (city centre) / Paris Airports :

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France: please contact us!
  • A return transfer by train is possible and organised on your own. Please visit: www.sncf.com/en
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage (and your potential own bike)
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility.)
    – Rochefort train station >> La Rochelle train station (by train) >> Paris Montparnasse train station (by TGV train).
    – Rochefort train station >> La Rochelle train station >> St Pierre des Corps train station or Poitiers train station (by TGV train) >> Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV Station (by TGV train).

Close Airport:
– La Rochelle Airport: www.larochelle.aeroport.fr/en
– Nantes Airport: www.nantes.aeroport.fr
– Poitiers Airport: www.poitiers.aeroport.fr/en
– Bordeaux Airport: www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr/en